The decision to volunteer abroad can be life-changing. However, before hitting the ground, there are some questions that must be asked. How do you communicate across cultures to establish clear goals? How do you measure success? What must you consider to make sure your project will have a sustainable impact that will be of value to your host organization? Without proper planning and reflection, it is possible your project will be non-effective or, at worst, do more harm than good.
Through experience matching skilled professionals with pro bono opportunities abroad, and facilitating projects, Venture with Impact has created the following guide to prepare volunteers. The infographic details the pre-program, during-program, and post-program, objectives for an international volunteering project, along with the questions one should ask oneself while trying to make an ethical and sustainable impact.